Advanced synthetic polymer biomaterials derived from organic sources


Synthetic polymers offer several advantages over their natural counterparts, including improved chemical resistance, tunability of their properties and mechanical durability. In this chapter, the properties and synthesis of several types of synthetic materials derived from organic polymers are reviewed. The use of these well-defined, highly ordered aggregates, as organised systems for bioactive molecule delivery as templates for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles and as micro-patterned scaffolds for directed attachment and growth of aligned cell monolayers, is discussed.

Key words

organic polymers

molecule delivery

polymer synthesis

polymer degradation and ...

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